Types of research support

Donations in support of research are an appropriate structure for organizations that wish to support a research project (for example foundations, non-for-profit/for-profit organizations and private donors) and expect only to be apprised of the outcome of the supported project and to have their financial contribution recognized (i.e., they do not require confidentiality provisions or rights to intellectual property arising from a project).

Sponsored research may be appropriate for organizations that wish to support a researcher’s line of work and expect certain rights in the output of such research, for example a license to use the results for the sponsor’s internal purposes or in a particular field of use or the right to negotiate a commercial license. Such research typically involves projects that are 100% funded by collaborators.

Collaborative research involves joint research of mutual interest to the researcher and the sponsor, typically with shared contributions to the output of research and shared rights in and to the results. This could involve funding from funding agencies (for example NSERC) to support the collaborative research.

To explore these options, please contact RPKM.